June 11th, 2009 5:33 pm | by KELLY CLARKE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

Earth-shattering news: Boris & Natasha Dancers to perform at Dance United.

Boris & Natasha Dancers

As previously reported, Oregon Ballet Theatre is having major money trouble—the Portland company needs to raise $750,000 by the end of June in order to stay afloat (check out the O's story for even more background on that).

To help raise funds, the company's launching a humongous benefit tomorrow night, Friday, June 12, that features amazing dancers from companies all across the country from New York City Ballet and the Joffrey to the Trey McIntyre Project and Bodyvox.

But today news of the ballet's biggest coup arrived: The incomparable Boris & Natasha Dancers will grace the stage as well Friday night. This note arrived from company member "Davidoff Bragdinski"...otherwise known as Metro President David Bragdon:

It can now be revealed that the intriguing “and more” advertised in Oregon Ballet Theater's Dance United program tomorrow night is none other than Linda Austin's Boris and Natasha Dancers. In moving from Linda's Performance Works Northwest at S.E. 67th and Foster to the bright lights of the Keller Auditorium downtown, the B & N Dancers have also added a new member, Peter Bragdinski, formerly of the Sverdlosk Reperatory and now the first ballet dancer to be sponsored by Columbia Sportswear. The troupe now has two Peters and two Bragdinskis (Peter's youngerolder brother Davidoff Bragdinski has been part of the troupe since May) but only one Peter Bragdinski.

Yes, Bragdon is referring to his older brother Peter, a mover/shaker at Columbia Sportswear. And the other Peter? That'd be "Peter Carlinsky"—otherwise known as the Oregonian's Peter Ames Carlin. The troupe, which local choreographer and instigator Linda Austin has dubbed "the greatest all-male non-dance dance troupe in the world," has included everybody from Deputy Secretary of State Barry Pack in the past to current members James Harrison (sculptor) and Bicycle Transportation Alliance executive director Scott Bricker shuffling through gloriously awkward movement phrases.

Here's some video from their May 16, 2009 Cabaret Boris & Natasha performance. The Joffery's got nuthin' on these guys:

In terms of raising the cash, Oregon Ballet Theatre looks like they might pull off their goal. As of today, the company's has raised a little over $520,000. No doubt that the announcement of the participation of the Boris & Natasha Dancers will put 'em over the top.

Dance United takes place at the Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 274-6560. One performance only, 7:30 pm Friday, June 12. $50-$200. Order online at obt.org and ticketmaster.com or call 222-5538.

Image courtesy of Linda Austen.
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